What Mitt Romney will say: ‘I wish President Obama had succeeded’

TAMPA – The Mitt Romney campaign says these paragraphs below are excerpts of tonight’s speech, in which he’ll accept the GOP nomination for president – but they look to be the bulk of his remarks.

Not many specifics, no direct attacks on President Barack Obama – he also gives Michelle Obama a mention. Some mention of his church life. The most personal revelation is his dad’s support for his mom when she ran for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

And he embraces his years at Bain. To wit:

Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.

When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.

That very optimism is uniquely American.

It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.

***

Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who’s living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.

Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.

Every new college graduate thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.

This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.

This was the hope and change America voted for.

***

I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.

Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”

So here we stand. Americans have a choice. A decision.

To make that choice, you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.

***

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.

Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren. All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love– this world would be a far more gentle and better place.

***

My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

***

Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church. When we were new to the community it was welcoming and as the years went by, it was a joy to help others who had just moved to town or just joined our church. We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregations of all walks of life and many who were new to America. We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways.

And that’s how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.

***

When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.

So some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies. We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.

***

That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.

***

But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?

Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.

***

Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.

To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.

To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.

Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.

What America needs is jobs.

Lots of jobs.

***

To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.

I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.

And unlike the president, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.

First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.

Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.

Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.

And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

***

President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.

***

We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman, and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.

***

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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75 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

August 30th, 2012
6:07 pm

What viewers will say:

“ZZZZ… zzzzz… ZZZZZZ…. zzzzzzz…. ZZZZZZZ… zzzzzzz…”

hiram

August 30th, 2012
6:31 pm

What viewers?

honested

August 30th, 2012
6:40 pm

I hope he says “I wish paul ryan would stop bald faced lying!!”.

cc

August 30th, 2012
7:16 pm

Lies . . .

“My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church . . .”

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/DemocraticDebate/story?id=4443788&page=1

honested

August 30th, 2012
7:22 pm

cc,

I’m not prejudiced against any particular superstition, I think they are all so much crap.

cc

August 30th, 2012
7:26 pm

Auntie Christ

August 30th, 2012
7:28 pm

cc
August 30th, 2012
7:16 pm

It appears from this link that Rev Wright jerry falwell, and pat robertson, are cut from the same cloth. The main difference is repubs embrace robertson and falwell’s blasphemy and damnation of America, but condemn wright’s. falwell and robertson basically said America got what it deserved–dies irae–on 9/11, due to its sin of accepting homosexuality. wright says it is due to America’s penchant for shock and awe on brown and black folks. That’s the only difference I can see.

cc

August 30th, 2012
7:34 pm

cc

August 30th, 2012
7:37 pm

Auntie Christ:

“It appears from this link that Rev Wright jerry falwell, and pat robertson, are cut from the same cloth”

I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about your comparisons; I’m speaking of LIES . . .

cc

August 30th, 2012
7:43 pm

DannyX

August 30th, 2012
8:02 pm

“I’m speaking of LIES . .”

Right on!

Romney/Lyin’ 2012

cc

August 30th, 2012
8:50 pm

Thi is for you annyX:

“Seniors Making less than $50,000 will not have to pay taxes”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ouvmwpx4OY

I can attest to the fact that this was a complete and absolute lie.

cc

August 30th, 2012
8:55 pm

For all you doves . . . another big lie

“Have troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2009”

http://obamalies.net/obama-iraq-withdrawal-lies.html

Don’t let the source bother you . . . the video/audio speaks for itself . . .

cc

August 30th, 2012
8:58 pm

Yes, he did!

“When a bill lands on my Desk, The American people will have 5 days to review it before I sign it.”

http://obamalies.net/obama-lies-about-5-days-to-review-healthcare-bill.html

Again, the audio/video speaks for itself . . .

yuzeyurbrane

August 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

We’ll see. I wonder how Jim got this speech. Usually kept a state secret. My immediate reaction is: Mitt knows many of his fellow Republicans never hoped Obama would succeed and have obstructed giving him a chance to implement his policies at every turn—Mitch McConnell anyone? Nice juxtaposition in an ad. And their are many others who talked like McConnell. Lots of ads. My second reaction is that it is generalized pablum. Why didn’t he say he liked apple pie, too? It sounds like his Mad Men propagandists have advised him to aim it for 5th grade intellect. Who knows, maybe they are right. We’ll see.

cc

August 30th, 2012
9:11 pm

Whoa!

“We will go through our federal budget – page by page, line by line – eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way.”

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/11/obama_vows_line.html

B. Thenet

August 30th, 2012
9:21 pm

Where is the part where he mentions how he is going to cut the deficit while slashing taxes and still guaranteeing a safety net for the poor and seniors?

After days of talking about “tough choices” are they really going to turn Mitt Romney into a Pander Bear on his big night, everything for everyone with no sacrificing needed?

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
9:25 pm

Yes Mitt, America need YOU LIKE she Needs a HOLE in Her HEAD!

I am sorry, if my vote can prevent you from HOLLOWING OUT AMERICA, as you did the many factories around America, SO BE IT!

cc

August 30th, 2012
9:34 pm

Bernie:

You lie, but not as well as your hero! Bain Capital rehabilitated 82% of the failing companies they bought and they are still in business. You can verify that for yourself. If you’re going to spew your venemous hatred, at least be factual and find the right target.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
9:41 pm

cc @ 9:34 pm – You are the LIAR because those Jobs that you Boast so much about do not provide livable wages. in addition to Poor or no health insurance coverage and many of the employees rely on the food stamp program for family assistance. And Medicaid coverage for the employees and their family members. While the heads of those businesses walk away with all of the profits for themselves leaving the employees barley hanging on…and Yes they do have a JOB and that is ALL.

That is Mitts America!

honested

August 30th, 2012
9:43 pm

I’m still hoping willard says “I wish paul ryan would stop lying!!”.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
9:43 pm

Continuing before I was rudely interrupter with another one Mitts many LIARS.

Mitt, If You Truly wished President Obama success, you would have said to Paul ” Little Horn” and Republican Party and to the Tea Party to STOP their Obstruction and get to work with the President on behalf of the American People. and Get those Jobs that were promised in 2010.

But NO…You were QUIET as the LITTLE CHURCH MOUSE that You ARE! saying and doing NOTHING for 3.5 years to help.

Being the “SELFISH” and ” Proud ONE ” you are… You were planning, awaiting
quietly with decisive and purposeful Action……. “YOUR TURN” ……….which still has not ARRIVED.

honested

August 30th, 2012
9:43 pm

cc,

Doesn’t the VA have some sort of reality training/jobs program for misguided, decrepit souls like you?

billysundye

August 30th, 2012
9:45 pm

When President Obama gets reelected, maybe he should appoint Mitt to a special committee to create jobs.

cc

August 30th, 2012
9:52 pm

billysundye:

obama has appointed a jobs committee; he’s too busy to meet with them and hasn’t done so in the last 6 MONTHS. He has had the time to fly all over the country collecting campaign contributions and managing to get some golfing done.

cc

August 30th, 2012
9:55 pm

Bernie:

“You are the LIAR because those Jobs that you Boast so much about do not provide livable wages. in addition to Poor or no health insurance coverage and many of the employees rely on the food stamp program for family assistance. And Medicaid coverage for the employees and their family members.”

I sure that you can furnish a source for all that valuable information; please provide it to me.

double

August 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

I think Romney coined the phrase Corporate Raider.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

Grandma…….There is a Stranger At the DOOR. should I open the Door and let him in?

He Says his name is MITT…..

GrandMa “He has a Creepy Smile TOO!”

Mitt……… GrandMa says to Wait and told me to keep the DOOR LOCKED!

vv

August 30th, 2012
10:03 pm

honested:

“I’m still hoping willard says “I wish paul ryan would stop lying!!”.”

Speaking of lying . . .

“The American automobile industry has come roaring back…So now I want to say what we did with the auto industry, we can do it in manufacturing across America. Let’s make sure advanced, high-tech manufacturing jobs take root here, not in China. And that means supporting investment here. Governor Romney … invested in companies that were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing. I don’t want to outsource. I want to insource.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2012/08/12/outsourcer-in-chief-obama-of-general-motors/

cc

August 30th, 2012
10:06 pm

honested::

Error in sending my last post. I wanted you to know it was from me!
“VV” should have been “CC”

double

August 30th, 2012
10:09 pm

All the promises made,contingent upon China agreeing.

cc

August 30th, 2012
10:10 pm

NEWS FLASH:

‘Dirty Harry’ (AKA Clint Eastwood) is nailing obama’s sorry hide to side of the barn – in no uncertain terms!

. . . but he’s doing it politely!

cc

August 30th, 2012
10:11 pm

Bernie:

I’m waiting on yor source . . .

double

August 30th, 2012
10:13 pm

I want to insource-Those tossed peanuts were grown in China.Being next door to the goober state.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
10:21 pm

GrandMa Who is the OLD MAN trying to be funny! why is Desi Jr here too!

cc

August 30th, 2012
10:30 pm

Bernie:

Still waiting . . .

B. Thenet

August 30th, 2012
10:32 pm

Conservatives: Actors political views are irrelevant…..unless they are conservatives in which case they like totally rock.

cc

August 30th, 2012
10:35 pm

“GOP Responsible for Obama Jobs Bill Not Passing”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2791287/posts

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
10:58 pm

Grandma Who Died?….

My Son……… The Republican Party just Died.

cc

August 30th, 2012
11:11 pm

In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama said that American oil production is the highest that it’s been in eight years.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/22/report-oil-production-on-federal-lands-dropped-275000-barrels-a-day-in-2011

td

August 30th, 2012
11:12 pm

If you have never run a business then how can you run a country?

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

GrandMa ….when is the Funeral?

November 6th……Early in the Morning! A voting Funeral it will be my Son.

Tell Mitt we are sorry……..We Just cannot take anymore LIES!

Mitt ….GrandMa says You are A ” Liar” and ………to “Get LOST!”

and to take little Ricky with you……

Grandma said “You” Deserted America….when America needed YOU!

Grandma said never to Darken Her Door AGAIN!

cc

August 30th, 2012
11:16 pm

B. Thenet

August 30th, 2012
11:17 pm

Golly td, how on earth did we ever create the Greatest Nation on Earth with so few businessmen in charge?

honested

August 30th, 2012
11:22 pm

Well, ro(money) has quit wasting time on the Public Airwaves and all I heard was that he wants to keep pouring money into the most expensive Military Industrial Complex in the history of the Universe, he wants to keep pouring taxpayer money into the vassal state also known as th e’51st state’ and that otherwise he has no clue about Governance of the recovering Greatest Nation on Earth.

I hope he has plans for after November, because he has just been turned down for the job he is seeking.
And all the flaccid white people (my tribe) can go home with their tails between their legs.

honested

August 30th, 2012
11:23 pm

cc,
Shouldn’t you like get a job or something?

You would benefit from dealing with real human beings on a regular basis rather than depending on the pathetic wrong-wing ‘news sources’ that frame your sorry little world.

honested

August 30th, 2012
11:24 pm

Bernie,

Was that ‘grandma’ or one of the ’sister grandmas’?

honested

August 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

td,
Very effectively.
And even better if the House of Representatives is concerned with the Business of Governance rather than the business of wrong-wing theology!

cc

August 30th, 2012
11:26 pm

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
11:26 pm

Clint Eastwood looks like the TRUE Republican Party…OLD and out of IT!

See YA in Charlotte…… You will see the REAL America then!